Technique - skill, way of accomplishing
cognate with Latin textura- “web, texture, structure,” Indo-European tek- “to make” and Sanskrit tantra
- wisdom, skill, clevernessVijñāna
- the act of distinguishing or discerning, understanding, comprehending, recognizing, intelligence, knowledge, skill, proficiency, art. [p= 961,2]
1. the manner and ability with which an artist, writer, dancer, athlete, or the like employs the technical skills of a particular art or field of endeavor.
2. the body of specialized procedures and methods used in any specific field, especially in an area of applied science.
3. method of performance; way of accomplishing.
4. technical skill; ability to apply procedures or methods so as to effect a desired result.
5. Informal . method of projecting personal charm, appeal, etc.: He has the greatest technique with customers.
technique or technic (tɛkˈniːk)
1. a practical method, skill, or art applied to a particular task
2. proficiency in a practical or mechanical skill
3. special facility; knack: he had the technique of turning everything to his advantage
[C19: from French, from technique (adj) technic ]technique
1817, from Fr. technique "formal practical details in artistic expression," noun use of adj. technique "of art, technical," from Gk. tekhnikos (see techno-).techno-
from Gk. tekhno-, combining form of tekhne "art, skill, craft, method, system," probably from PIE root *tek- "shape, make" (cf. Skt. taksan "carpenter," L. texere "to weave;" see texture).texture
early 15c., "network, structure," from M.Fr., from L. textura "web, texture, structure," from stem of texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "to make" (cf. Skt. taksati "he fashions, constructs," taksan "carpenter;" Avestan taša "ax, hatchet," thwaxš- "be busy;" O.Pers. taxš- "be active;" Gk. tekton "carpenter," tekhne "art;" O.C.S. tesla "ax, hatchet;" Lith. tasau "to carve;" O.Ir. tal "cooper's ax;" O.H.G. dahs, Ger. Dachs "badger," lit. "builder;" Hittite taksh- "to join, unite, build"). Meaning "structural character" is recorded from 1650s.
What’s A Meditation Technique?
The word “technique” comes to us from Latin and Greek words meaning “weave” and “texture.” This is apt because in meditation you weave together all of who you are to pay attention to one thing.
There are two elements to any meditation technique: how you pay attention, and what you pay attention to. The how is usually gentle, restful, steady attention, and the what is something simple, yet sensuous and gorgeous — like breath. In meditation you rest attention in a sensory perception, take delight in it, then hang on for the ride.
Breath is an example of a sensual focus for meditation. Breath is infinitely interesting because it can be taken for granted, it can be frenzied, it can be passionate, it can be sweet, it can be energizing and it can be soothing. Breath can wake you up and put you to sleep. Breath can be dignified and it can be wild. If you keep paying attention to breath, you will discover all these feelings in yourself. Breath is a love affair you are having with infinity, and the purpose of any meditation technique is to lead you into being a little bit more in love with life day by day.
There are thousands of meditation techniques, and all of them were appropriate for someone, somewhere, somewhere in time. You can pay attention to almost anything as a meditation focus, if you really want to. The fact of the meditation traditions preserving their records across thousands of years is one of the Wonders of the World.
There are many subtle differences in the rules each meditation tradition advocates, but these are just codifications of what worked in a given situation. They are not carved in stone. They are just rules, like the rules for rugby, soccer, football, tennis, and ping-pong. In all those games, there is a square court and a ball. The rules are about what to do with that ball. You are allowed to hit the ball with your feet, head, hands, or a paddle. If meditation were a game, it would be to just let those thoughts sail on by, or over you, under you. You win if you don’t get caught up in trying to control them.
If you simply pay attention to your breathing with a gentle, appreciative attitude, and do not resist anything, you will tend to go into meditation right away. The body will just start to settle in. There is no need to control anything. Think of it as a conscious nap. (Note: Camille thinks this paragraph should be taken out).How Do I Know Which Technique To Do?
Use your Shopping Instinct — that’s the modern-day equivalent of the hunting-gathering instinct. Use the same sense of “following your hunches” and preferences you do when you select music to listen to or television shows to watch. Use your natural curiosity and sense of exploration. It takes a little longer to find your own way in meditation, as opposed to having someone tell you what to do. But the exploring itself can be fun.
The purpose of any meditation technique is to lead you beyond itself into a more immediate and vital contact with your everyday life. You will know, usually immediately, which techniques you like, and they will be the ones that leave you feeling rested and more available for the joy of living.
Hey, you only need one or two meditation techniques to last you a year! But it has to be the right one for you. Also, there is no One True Way to meditate. You can just do what works for you.